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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: History

Course Description

If it's your dream to impart your knowledge and love of history on to a new generation as a secondary school history teacher, then this is a great place to start. We'll help you share your passion for the past by teaching you to become an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher, and a future curriculum innovator.

We build in regular review points to ensure you are developing properly, and will help you every step of the way in learning the best classroom practice. You'll gain key teaching skills that will enable to you share your knowledge of history in a fun and engaging way, helping your pupils develop their own interests in the subject. Get started on advancing your own development and that of today's young people by becoming a first class history teacher.

Course outline

This course helps you become a teacher who can make the past come to life for pupils, stimulate their curiosity and develop their critical thinking, writing and speaking. You will examine various approaches to teaching and learning in history, so that pupils find it vibrant and relevant.

You'll begin by understanding the needs of individual learners, learning to notice, understand and implement key teaching strategies. Working with individual groups of pupils in school, you'll gradually build up to the teaching of whole classes in the second phase. This will involve fostering the appropriate levels of learning in pupils, corresponding to the requirements of the Teachers' Standard.

We believe that experience is not enough - what is vital is to be able to unpick and reflect on experiences. You'll deconstruct classroom learning activities into their constituent parts, and then build them up again and implement them in the classrooms. Your personal tutor will meet with you throughout the year to discuss your progress, and your subject mentor will support your development at your placement.

Graduate destinations

This course can lead to a fulfilling career as a history teacher at secondary school. Since all the steps required to gain qualified teacher status are built into the course, you'll be able to apply for positions immediately after graduating.

Other admission requirements

English and mathematics at GCSE level at Grade 'C' or above, or equivalent. If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course. Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course

Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement. Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.

A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.

Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy prior to registering for your course.

We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying. For competitive subjects such as English, PE we may not be able to select you without this experience.

At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.

There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this Programme.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: History page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification in History is required, however strong preference will be given to applicants with 2:1 honours degrees. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. See course description for further admission details.

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